“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil,” Ephesians 6:11.
Satan is active in our community today. He uses anything he can to gain influence over people. Satan does have supernatural powers, and we must not ignore them.
As our society turns away from Christianity to the religions of the world, we will learn that reality of their experiences with satanic powers. Satan’s power is limited, and Christians need not be fearful, nor should we be cocky. God wants to provide a defense for us against these evil powers. We must learn how to cooperate with God to win the victory.
Evidently Satan was once the highest of the angels of God. But he wanted to be God, so God expelled him from heaven, Isaiah 14:12-17. According to 1 John 3:8, Satan is described as the originator and chief practitioner of sin. Jesus said “I beheld Satan a lightning fall from heaven,” Luke 10:18. John says that he “saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth,” Revelations 9:1. These verses suggest that Satan was created to be something different from what he is now.
When Satan was expelled from heaven he reacted with anger and revenge, pretty much like people react sometimes when they are rejected from something they want. What God did made him mad, and he is determined to get back at God in any way he can.
Sometimes Satan tries to get even with God by accusing good people of doing things they have not done, like he did with Job. Job’s wife, when she saw him much tormented with boils said, “curse God, and die,” Job 1:9. But Job told her, “Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh,” Job 1:10. Job expresses the unquenchable faith of one who lives by faith, not by sight when he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust in him,” Job 13:15. Even when it seems as though God Himself has turned on us, we must keep trusting God.
Satan tries to trick us by making things appear to be too good to resist. This is the approach he used on Jesus in the wilderness. In the Garden of Eden, Satan told Eve that God didn’t really mean what He said.
Satan is a thief who tries to steal the word of God from our hearts, Matthew 13:19. Satan wants us to forget the good things that we have been taught and replace them with evil thoughts: “And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him (Jesus),amp” John 13:2.
The devil is very deceiving. He tells us just enough truth to make it believable and just enough lie to separate us form God. Paul said, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light,” 2 Corinthians 11:14. He acts like he is trying to help us to be a better person, but in the end we find we have been deceived.
Satan is limited in what he can do. Satan could only do to Job what God gave him permission to do. Jesus was able to defeat the devil in the wilderness. James 4:7, says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We should not allow the devil an opportunity to defeat us, Ephesians 4:27.
Satan can be bound in certain situations in our lives now. However, there is coming a time when God will bind him forever. Read Revelations chapter 20, and shout a little.
Willie Lee Schmitz leads the Church of God in Derma.